Best Instagram Bot & Liker (2018 Edition) – How to use automation tools for growth

2017 was a turbulent year for the Instagram bot industry.

Prolific companies were closed down, and new heroes emerged. I have kept this page up to date all year and now I have finally updated it and put together this 2018 version.

I now recommend managed growth companies over bots. Social Steeze is a growth management company that helps you increase your exposure by growing your followers and boosting engagement.
 

 

I still recommend Follow Adder as the best blackhat option – it’s still the safest Instagram bot on the market and has stood the test of time.

I’ve made a table which shows my full list of the safest tools and growth services to automate your accounts.

I have also written about each one in-depth later in this article.

 

Service 
Social Steeze Check Price
RiseSocial Check Price
Follow Adder Check Price
Instato Check Price
InstaQ Check Price
InstazoodNot Advised
Mass PlannerShutdown
Influx Social
Shutdown
Fan HarvestShutdown
InstagressShutdown
ArchieShutdown
Here’s a summary if you don’t want to read the entire article (I know it’s long):

Follow Adder Automation SoftwareIt seems that web based Instagram bots that auto like & auto follow users, i.e. Instagress and it’s copycats, are being put out of service one after the other by Instagram.

The problem with these web-based auto followers & auto likers, is that huge numbers of accounts are being run from one location, which draws the wrong kind of attention to the bot and to your account.

Therefore, it’s really important to run your Instagram bot locally on your own computer or on a VPS to avoid spam detectors.

Follow Adder is great because it can be run in both these ways.

However, I now recommend SocialSteeze over Follow Adder because it’s extremely safe, & your account will be grown organically whilst managed by experts – it’s just pricier, but it’s worth it.

If you don’t have the funds to do that then I still recommend Follow Adder, too.

 

Getting more Instagram followers ain’t easy…

The struggle for followers is real.

Like most people using Instagram as part of their social media marketing strategy, you may be struggling because you think you only have one or two options for gaining followers. It’s common for people to assume that they must figure out a marketing plan and make that strategy work, or pay for followers to boost their following.

However, Instagram automation is the third choice that some people don’t know exists, or only have a vague idea of. This third option is really taking off amongst online marketers, and even regular users to get more followers on Instagram.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could auto like, auto follow and auto comment? Well, this type of software allows you to gain followers on autopilot!

 

What is an Instagram bot?

Best Instagram botThere are a lot of things an Instagram bot can do. They can pretty much do any repetitive task for you. Regular tasks for one of these apps might include:

  • Liking photos
  • Making comments
  • Following (and unfollowing) people

Each of these actions are performed through automation based on hashtags, specific users, and on other kinds of criteria according to your settings on both the app and your Instagram account.

Engagement is the key to gaining followers on Instagram. If you don’t engage, you can’t win using this channel. The benefits of using automation to increase followers is you can prevent the issue of fake followers, which is what happens in most instances of buying them. You want real people to follow you, therefore, your automation needs to react like a real person (you), on your behalf.

 

What is the best Instagram bot?

I’ll start with my review of the top pick and work my way backwards.
 

1. Social Steeze

SocialSteeze Organic GrowthSocialSteeze is an organically managed growth service that I have had really good results with so far since trialling them.

The best thing about this service is it’s not a bot that you have to configure and run yourself – it’s all organic growth done by experts. You literally don’t have to do anything other than sign up and give a few details.

I put one of my clients on their premium service 10 days ago, and they have had over 1200 new followers already!!

My client has literally done nothing other than upload photos every day. NOTE: this is my experience – this client’s account was solid when we started this experiment.

 

 

Social Steeze is a top-rated, highly respected and powerful Instagram growth service that doesn’t include a download or complicated dashboards to configure. You are provided with your own personal growth expert that will manage your activities for you.

Some of the most powerful and effective social media technology is behind their success, which is passed onto you, providing you with high levels of engagement.

You never have to deal with tedious dashboards. All you do is this:

  • 1. Fill out a short form and soon your personal growth expert will contact you
  • 2. Choose your geographic, username, hashtags, or other targets for followers
  • 3. Sit back and let your growth expert go to work for you and watch your Instagram grow

Two things that are optional include choosing to blacklist users you don’t want to engage with and requesting detailed reports from your manager.

 

 

 

2. RiseSocial

RiseSocial Instagram Automation ServiceRiseSocial is another premier Instagram growth service that delivers true Instagram growth with real engagement. These guys strive to maintain powerful growth for your account.

It’s fairly similar to Social Steeze, with the main difference I noticed is simply the price. They use cutting-edge software to ensure success in garnering a real and successful following for your Instagram network. The engagement they promise and deliver is organic and genuine.

Getting started is simple.

  • 1. Sign up on their ‘get started’ page
  • 2. Get your own expert, personal growth manager
  • 3. Target your audience – hashtags, usernames, gender, location…
  • 4.Get detailed weekly reporting to see your growth and engagement

Their use of state-of-the-art technology and sticking to the constraints of Instagram is what makes them safe and secure to use.
 

 

 

3. Follow Adder

Follow Adder Instagram botFollow Adder is still the top IG bot right now, it’s also one of the cheapest.

This tool helps you gain real growth through automating your Instagram actions by liking and following your target audience.

Follow Adder features a powerful search tool that allows you to get the most out of their bot. You can also target accounts that are similar to yours by actively engaging with their audience to get them to follow your account instead.

This tool enables you to obtain focused, tight, targeted keyword searches within users’ posts and bios. It’s so precise & effective that the people you auto follow are highly likely to follow you back. It’s ideal for targeting local businesses, industry influencers, fans and so on.

The FollowAdder software also allows you to schedule posts, which is a huge plus over a lot of the other bots out there.

 

 

Features

  • Automated photo and video commenter & liker
  • High-powered searches of hashtags, locations, and more
  • Access for finding and creating exportable lists of users
  • Works across devices and operating systems (Mac, Windows, and Linux)
  • You can manage multiple Instagram accounts from one app
  • Publish posts immediately or schedule them from your computer
  • Grows your Instagram followers automatically via engagement from the dashboard
  • Builds brand awareness via auto following, liking, commenting, and like backs
  • Can potentially improve sales, brand awareness, self-promotion, and website traffic
  • White list / Black list options
  • Follow back option
  • Create, export, or import customisable lists
  • Remove users with only default profile images
  • Ignore users with default pictures and private profiles
  • Delay option for automated actions
  • Get lists of profile’s followers
  • Proxy supported
  • 7 day money back guarantee

 

Best Instagram Bot - Follow Adder
Follow Adder gives you full control over your Instagram automation efforts

 

Pricing

At the time of writing this is the cheapest tool on this list.
 

 

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
7 day money back guarantee
Safest IG bot on the market
Unlikely to get shut down
Post scheduling feature
Auto like feature
Auto comment feature
Auto follow & unfollow feature
Auto direct message feature
Manage multiple accounts
Supports proxies
Can be run on a VPS
Runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac
Software download is required

 

 

The only thing I don’t really like about Follow Adder is that you have to download software to use it. There is no online interface. However, that’s a small price to pay for such a robust piece of software.

It’s also worth noting that running software that you have full control over on your own computer (or VPS) is much safer for your IG account than trusting it with a web-based bot.

 

 

4. Instato

Instato web botIf you’re going to insist on using a web-based bot then this is the one to use.

Instato provides excellent customer service, and safety is also ensured via a dedicated proxy.

Full review coming soon.

 

 

 

5. InstaQ

InstaQ Review - Best Instagram LikerInstaQ is a brand new tool that automates your Instagram actions.

Anomaly detection offsetting” sets InstaQ apart from its competition. Instagram, and all social media sites use special programming designed to detect bots, or social media automation tools.

Anomaly detection, the programming used to ‘catch’ people on social media, compares what’s normal usage against average accounts with new accounts. InstaQ emulates real-user behaviour, reducing the risk of getting flagged or banned by Instagram.

Being a member of InstaQ also provides you with access to their private forums that include several tutorials, exclusive tools and marketing materials.

InstaQ runs on mac windows and linux
InstaQ works on Mac, Windows, and Linux

 

Features

  • Like and comment on posts
  • Follow and unfollow users
  • Auto Commenting
  • Auto Direct Messages
  • Supports multiple accounts (can be run simultaneously)
  • An intelligent autopilot software system
  • Scraping posts by hashtag or by username
  • Scraping users by hashtag
  • Scraping users’ followers or followings
  • Re-post ability
  • Automatically add URLs to your captions on posts and re-posts
  • Automatically strip URL(s) from scraped posts
  • Has an “autopilot” that runs in safe mode
  • Has a manual mode that can run in safe or forceful mode
  • Importing images from your personal computer
  • Keyword generator tool (scrapes Google or hashtags)
  • Scraping Tumblr, RSS, or any HTML website for relevant images and uploading to your page
  • Hashtag generator to snag new niches for expanding your reach
  • Special spintax for messages and comment
  • Easy to use interface
  • Proxy supported
  • More features planned (click here)

 

InstaQ Liker screenshot
This is what the InstaQ free trial looks like

 

Pricing

On a monthly plan, InstaQ isn’t the cheapest bot on this list by a long way, but if you get the lifetime license then it becomes very good value. It does also provide a large amount of features for the money. If you’re looking for a high end tool then this is your best bet.
 

 

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
Free trial - limited version
Auto like feature
Auto follow & unfollow feature
Auto direct message feature
Manage multiple accounts
Unlikely to get shut down
Advanced features
Runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac
Software download is required
Monthly plan is expensive (get the lifetime plan!)

 

 

What don’t I like about InstaQ? Well, it’s much more expensive than the other bots on the monthly plan.

And that’s it really. It does have a lot of features to justify the price – just make sure you get the lifetime license to make it cost effective.

 

 

6. Instazood

InstazoodUpdate November 27th 2017:I no longer recommend this bot. Find out why here.

Instazood is another new tool that automates your Instagram actions.

Instazood can be praised for its simplicity.

You can automatically like, follow, unfollow, comment or message users based on hashtags in your niche.

The tool and tutorials are available in multiple languages which is nice if you are a non-native English speaker. Online customer support is also available, making it easy to ask questions.

The idea is that if you improve the speed of your automation, you improve your results. Because the tool is very simple, once you understand the basics, you can customise the bot to suit your needs quite easily.

Instazood may not have the strong features of Follow Adder, but it is still an ok pick due to its price and ease of setup. The service offers several different packages to choose from: Basic, Comment Tracker and Direct Message. You can choose the one you need or add all three depending on your needs. Each one offers a 3-day free trial, so you can easily see which service level will best meet your automation needs. You can change this level at any time, making Instazood perfect for those still trying to identify their ideal formula.

 

Features

  • Likes and comments on posts
  • Follows and unfollows users
  • Hashtag targeting
  • Location targeting
  • Web based

 

Instazood Bot Dashboard
It’s easy to setup. Here’s the dashboard.

 

Pricing

Whilst not as cheap as Follow Adder, Instazood is definitely on the lower end of pricing.

 

Pros & Cons

Safety is a big concern when dealing with an Instagram bot. No one wants to risk losing their account because they trusted the wrong service.Instazood gives you a web-based application to access your account which I don’t like because it raises flags (which I mentioned earlier in the article). I would always recommend using a bot you download rather than a web based one – but if you insist… then use this one.

 

Instagram Bots that have been shut down

A variety of bots have been shut down by Instagram recently, namely Instagress, Archie, MassPlanner, InfluxSocial, Fan Harvest, and a few others.

Quite irrelevant now, but here’s some of my previous reviews for those mentioned above in case you are interested.

1. Mass Planner

IMPORTANT: as of 12th May 2017, Mass Planner has shut down. So now I recommend Follow Adder for Instagram and PinBot for Pinterest. You can also read my recommendation for a Twitter bot.

Social media is crucial to the success of most businesses today, and setting up your social media marketing campaigns is a time-consuming task that can be automated and made more efficient with Mass Planner.

Mass Planner - Instagram Scheduling & Automation

 

What is Mass Planner?

Mass Planner is designed to handle all the mundane and tedious social media tasks across the major platforms. Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram. Instagram can be one of the most time-consuming of these social networks, therefore, if you’re using Instagram, it’s important to have such a tool to perform tasks according to your specifications – and Mass Planner absolutely nails it.

 

What does Mass Planner Do?

Since you can use this software across social media accounts, here is a quick overview of the basic tasks it can help you efficiently manage.

  • Facebook – Schedules content, finds and joins groups, auto-posts to groups, posts clickable images, and more.
  • LinkedIn – Schedules posts, finds and joins groups.
  • Pinterest – Auto-pins, likes, comments, follows, unfollows, and other tasks.
  • Google + – Schedules content, auto-follows or unfollows, and finds and joins relevant communities.
  • Twitter – Favourites and schedules tweets, retweets, uploads bulk images, follows or unfollows people.
  • Instagram – Auto Likes, comments, follows and unfollows.

 

How Mass Planner Works for Instagram

Going beyond the basics of Instagram social media management tasks, Mass Planner automates several tasks on the platform, saving you time, effort, and essentially money.

  • Auto Follow – This software searches Instagram users that match your niche, then auto-follows them to help grow your account, resulting in new leads for you.
  • Unfollow – Since it’s important to keep your follow list manageable, this program unfollows users that don’t follow you back within a specified time frame.
  • Follow-Back – When users follow you, Mass Planner automatically follows them back so you can easily interact with them.
  • Auto Like – Getting exposure on Instagram requires that you like high-quality images, which is one of the task this application can do automatically.
  • Auto Comment – Mass Planner searches for interesting and relevant images (matching your niche) and leaves comments.
  • Delete Posts – What if you decide to switch niches? In that case, this software can be set to easily delete your posts on Instagram and start over with a new niche.
  • Delete Comments – Any comments you consider inappropriate or offensive can be easily deleted by setting up the tool in Mass Planner.
  • Block Followers – Obviously, there are followers out there you don’t want on your list. Set your filters accordingly and Mass Planner will handle that for you.
  • Proxy Support – If you manage multiple Instagram accounts, Mass Planner can run each one on its own proxy to avoid leaving an IP footprint behind.
  • Auto-Phone Verification – This tool allows the program to automatically verify your phone for Instagram accounts.

Mass Planner is easy to setup and use and it works on all these accounts without a proxy. However, you can easily setup proxy settings to manage multiple accounts. Some users have experienced up to a 300 percent or more increase in their followers for Instagram and other social media accounts in just a few weeks.

 

Benefits of Mass Planner

  • Builds engagement
  • Builds followers fast
  • Reliable
  • Manages multiple social media accounts
  • Add-ons with extra features
  • It’s a 10-bot-in-one program
  • 5 day free trial

As with any program that helps manage Instagram and social media networks, there are also downsides. In the case of Mass Planner, there is a monthly fee to use it and you need to be diligent about usage to avoid getting your accounts flagged or banned.

Like Follow Adder, you need to download software for this bot. But unfortunately, this one doesn’t work on Mac or Linux – only Windows.

And, if you’re after a simple solution, this probably isn’t what you’re looking for, because it covers so many different aspects of social media automation.

It takes only about five minutes to setup Mass Planner, one minute to add a new account, and it can save you something crazy like three hours a day that you can use to operate your business without interruptions or distractions. Once you have it set up, it runs on startup of your computer (or on a virtual server) and your social media marketing gets done without lifting a finger.

Whether you have one account on Instagram or other social networks, or multiple accounts, Mass Planner is a good option with efficient and effective tools.

 

2. Archie.co

IMPORTANT: as of 9th June 2017, Archie has been shutdown. This is what their website had to say:

Archie is being discontinued due to a request from Instagram and is no longer accepting new clients.

If you’re looking for a replacement, I recommend using Follow Adder as the top Archie alternative.

Archie Instagram Liker ReviewThe first thing you see when you reach the Archie.co site is “Hi, I’m Archie.” Archie is a tool that helps you grow your social media exposure on Instagram. Archie is used by companies like Uber and Shopify in case you are concerned about the legitimacy of using this type of software.

The Archie.co Instagram liker is a very safe way to start your automation endeavors because it has a relatively low rate of interactions per hour, so the likelihood of being picked up as a spammer by Instagram is low. Archie offers a free trial (but it is a limited version) so you can try it before you buy it.

 
Hi Im Archie - Top Insta bot

 

Archie Instagram Tools

  • Defines your customers via your demographics
  • Archie scans for Instagram users who might need your product
  • Archie interacts with new clients to boost attention to your profile
  • Main method of automation is through it’s auto liker

 

Who uses Archie?

Archie can be used by professionals to show off their talents, businesses to boost their brand, and for personal purposes to get noticed and gain followers on Instagram.

Whether you’re a person who wants to see more about celebrities, influencers, pets, funny things, or things that interest you, Archie can help extend your personal reach.

If you’re a musician, photographer, blogger, artist, model, writer, designer, or fitness guru, you have a way to boost your professional presence and build a brand based on your talents.

Business owners should always be on the lookout to boost their brand. Local restaurants, nightclubs, cafes, retailers, real estate agencies, non-profits, and other types of local, national, and international businesses need this kind of exposure.

Archie is safe. Whilst you’re very unlikely to get banned or notice any negative effects, safety comes at a price as well. The lack of features and options makes this software a very underwhelming piece of Instagram automation.

 

 

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
Auto liker feature
Relatively safe
Unlikely to get marked as SPAM
No auto comment feature
No auto followers feature
More expensive than other bots
Not powerful enough for big results
Limited analytics reporting

 

 

 

3. Fan Harvest

IMPORTANT: as of 12th May 2017, Fan Harvest has shut down.

Fan Harvest boasts a full suite of automation for Instagram marketing. You don’t need a credit card to get started with their 14-day free trial. There is nothing to download.

 

Fan Harvest Review

 

 

Features

  • Finds new leads by engaging new customers on Instagram using Hashtags. It looks for people who are looking for your products.
  • Auto like posts on Instagram made by potential customers. You get to write your own message for automated comments on their posts
  • Auto follow your competitors’ followers, most of whom will follow you back
  • Allows you to schedule posts on your Instagram profile for a later time. You can set your post and forget it because Fan Harvest posts it for you
  • Automates direct messaging (DM) so you can greet your new and existing followers with a customised message
  • Analyses your Instagram results so you can adjust as needed to promote your brand

Your Fan Harvest dashboard will have a few different screens, for example:

Fan Harvest - Post Scheduler
The Fan Harvest Instagram post scheduler screen

 

In short, Fan Harvest is a comprehensive automation tool for Instagram that allows for automating likes and unlikes, comments, follow and unfollow, post scheduling, and direct messaging.

Fan Harvest

Fan Harvest comes with a wealth of options. Including auto DMs (Direct Messages). There’s so many features in fact, that the novice user might get overwhelmed.

 

 

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
Auto like feature
Auto comment feature
Auto followers feature
Auto DM feature
Post scheduling feature
Relatively safe
Unlikely to get marked as SPAM
14 day free trial
Many options can be confusing for the novice user

 

 

4. Instagress

IMPORTANT: as of 20th April 2017, Instagress has been shutdown. It appears completely closed for the foreseeable future and everyone is now scrambling for a similar bot.

Sad news to all of you who fell in love with Instagress: by request of Instagram we were forced to close our web-service that helped you so much in your Instagram journey. We are all very sad of that but it looks like there is nothing we can do at the moment

Because of this, I recommend using Follow Adder.

Instagress is an Instagram automation tool that lets you boost your profile for auto follows, comments, and likes. You can get a 3-day free trial, watch the demo online, and there is nothing to download to use this tool.

 

Instagress Review

 

Instagress Tools

  • Automation of liking, commenting, and following based on your geolocation and Hashtags. It also allows for unfollowing
  • It works through its own servers so you can feel free to login and logout as necessary, change accounts, and close your browser even after you’ve started Instagress activity
  • Total control for customizing your filters to further target the audience you need to reach
  • Safe to use as it will slow down its activity to respond like a real person – Advanced users can adjust their speed settings
  • Easy to setup and use for one or multiple accounts
  • Mobile-friendly so you can access your account from anywhere
  • 24-hour response time for customer support and assistance to answer your questions and address concerns

The Instagress dashboard makes it easy to control everything from one place whether you use it for personal or business purposes.

Instagress is a web based app that generates followers on auto followers – with an array of options to configure. But it provides no analytics – so it’s very difficult to narrow down what is working and what isn’t.

 

Pros & Cons

ProsCons
Auto like feature
Auto comment feature
Auto follow feature
3 day free trial
Many options can be confusing for the novice user
Almost no analytics
Steep learning curve
Aggressive level of interactions
Could get marked as a spammer

 

5. Influx Social

IMPORTANT: as of 25th February 2017, Influx Social has been down for around 1 week. Here is a message taken from their website:

Influx is no longer able to provide service at this time per Instagram’s request. We are working with Instagram to redefine our service. However, our timeline for Influx returning is currently undefined, and we apologize for the inconvenience.

Because of this, I recommend using FollowAdder instead.

 

Influx Social is an “auto followers” Instagram bot and promotion software application that helps your business grow without you having to constantly be online or on Instagram.

Influx Social Review
The overall goal of using any Instagram follower bot is to increase your following and engage with people who relate to your business’ products and services. Automating these processes leaves you free to go about your daily activities, while feeling assured that your Instagram account is being active with or without you. That’s what Influx Social does for you.

 

Features

  • Fast – Influx Social boasts it provides faster services than other similar bots.
  • Strong – This automation tool is powerful enough to help with personal and business purposes.
  • Automated – Get control of your following and liking activities using special filters in this application.
  • Targeting – Target people who will really interact with your posts and target people by gender when necessary.
  • Mobile – You don’t have to be at home to use Influx Social since the software can be used from your phone.
  • Reporting – Powerful analytics & reporting tools help optimize your data and growth.
  • Direct Messaging – Automated direct messaging options to send your followers a message when they interact with you according to your specifications.
  • Customization – Customize your Influx Social activities from the dashboard.
  • Growth – It’s easy to plan, grow, and measure your results from real followers that are active and engaged with you.

 

I’ve only found a couple of drawbacks with the Influx Social bot; The first, is that there is no auto-comment feature. However, I find auto-comments really spammy, so unless your heart is really set on it, this isn’t an issue because there is a ton of other features to drive engagement.

The other, is that on the “Fast” speed setting, this is one of the cheapest bots around. However, if you want to go even faster, that comes at an increased price.

 

PRO TIP
Go with the free trial before committing, and that way you can see if you want the auto-comment feature or not. Even without this feature, you should be able to get 200-500 new followers during the free trial period.

PRO TIP
At the end of the free trial, they also give you a 25% discount code, which makes the software very affordable.

 

Influx Social - free trial
This is what your dashboard will look like when the free trial is active.

 

 

Pros & Cons

Everything in life has pros and cons – and Instagram bots are no different. Here’s the major advantages and disadvantages for Influx Social.

ProsCons
5 day free trial
Auto like bot feature
Auto follower bot feature
Auto DM bot feature
Intuitive interface
Easy to setup & use
Fast level of interactions
Non spammy interactions
No auto comment feature
Fastest setting is expensive

 

Other Instagram Bots & Which ones to avoid

Of course, there’s other bots on the market. When one goes another one springs up. I’ll go over Gramista and InstaMacro real quick as they are fairly big players.

 

1. Gramista Review

Gramista boasts on its website that it is a simple, effective service. It doesn’t have a lot of complicated features, as it wants to make launching a new campaign as easy as clicking a few buttons. While this can be great for people who want a quick following boost, limited automation features can be a big turnoff to the average user.

Despite not having all of the same features as other bots, Gramista does make growing a following easy. While the bot can only like, follow, and unfollow, it is equipped with some smart features. A special Smart Mode makes it so none of your current friends are unfollowed, only the people the bot has added. A blacklist also helps you stay in control over your service, ensuring you never accidentally follow the wrong person!

The goal of Gramista is to mimic real human behaviour, rather than following as many people as possible. This helps you effectively reach your target audience without looking like a spammer.

To promote a faster speed, Gramista isn’t hosted on your device. Instead, you will need to connect your account directly to the service. While this could cause Instagram to flag your account, lower activity levels can make your account less suspicious. The service has been specifically designed for long-term use, so many of these safety concerns have been addressed.

A short free trial is available to help you see how Gramista works. The system itself is very straightforward, so it won’t take you very long to set up. If you already know what hashtags you want to follow and like, the process can be completed in a few minutes.

The biggest downsides of Gramista are the lack of features and the high cost. Like other bots, Gramista uses a subscription-based pricing system. Unfortunately, their pricing makes it cost prohibitive to the average person.

Gramista has the same problems a lot of the basic like, follow and unfollow bots have. If you are going to pay a lot of money for Instagram automation, then you really should have access to a lot of advanced features.

As mentioned earlier in this article, I also don’t like web based bots due to safety. Look at how many people got banned using Instagress.

 

2. InstaMacro Review

Instamacro’s website is very professional-looking, but that doesn’t necessarily make it a great service. One thing that stands out is that the word “bot” is never mentioned; Instamacro is presented as follow and like service. The service is described as a combination of “automation and marketing,” but it is actually very simplistic. Instamacro only offers follow, unfollow and like services, but allows you to instantly shut off any of the services. While this feature is powerful, it isn’t as revolutionary as the site wants you to believe.

Like other bots, Instamacro works by targeting updates based on hashtags. It is completely automated with very few controls. After signing up for an account, you can start running the service. If you have any trouble, the website has plenty of tutorials and some support services.

There are no downloads involved with Instamacro, making it very convenient to use. The only problem is that safety can be a concern. If you want to access your account, you will need to do so when InstaMacro isn’t in use. If your account is too active, it could get banned by Instagram.

Multiple speed settings are available to help you mimic real human behavior. Slow settings make your account look like it is growing naturally. Shutting the service off won’t affect the time you have left, so some people choose to run Instamacro for a few hours per day.

While Instamacro does offer a 5-hour free trial, you might not see any results you want within the short time frame. If you do choose to use the service after the free trial, it can be very costly. Even buying the 100-day plan costs more than $1 per day. That’s even more expensive than Gramista! You can literally hire a human on Fiverr or elsewhere to manage your account for you at these prices.

Instamacro is an OK tool, but it is very basic when compared to other services available. While the website looks nice and is updated regularly, most people will find that there are better options at lower prices. If you are looking for a straightforward like and follow bot, and money isn’t a concern, then this could be ok for you.

 

3. And there’s many more…

Yep. There are others…many others. Most are copycats of each other and offering similar features. Here’s a sample list of some of them… deep breath

SocialDrift
ViralUpgrade
Combin
Kickstagram
SocialUpgrade
Social Sensational
Socially Rich
Relaxed Social
Popamatic
Social Growth
SNS Growth
INS Growth
BigBangram
CoSchedule
AutoGramBot
RoboInsta
NinjaPlanner
LikeGrowers
MonsterSocial
NoWorriesBot
Vibbi
RootJazz’s InstaDub
Insta Money Bot
FollowingLike
KeplerBot
Instalabs
InstaLikeBot
RoboLike
InstaSteroids
InstaJool

Some sound pretty spammy. And some of them probably are.

Most of these are web-based, and from what I’ve seen, none of them offers anything that the services on this doesn’t – but feel free to comment below if you think I’ve missed anything.

 

Do Instagram Bots work?

In short – yes. If you are smart and don’t use them in a spammy way, you will be seriously missing out if you don’t make use of one of these tools.

For example, just by taking advantage of the money back guarantee period available with Follow Adder you can easily gain 500+ new followers (depending on your profile and setting used). These people are real and targeted – which ultimately gives you more engagement & exposure.

 

The Pros & Cons of using an Instagram Bot

At this point, instagram bots might sound too good to be true. However, with anything, there comes both pro’s and con’s. So I’ll go over them.

Let’s get the cons out of the way first!

 

The cons of using an Instagram Bot

Like every automation tool, IG bots come with a few downsides.

  • Bot/automation use is against the terms of use on Instagram. However, depending on how well you use the automation tool, you may never get caught.
  • Using a bot badly will make you look like a spammer. Ever see those dull, generic comments on photos? Yep, those people are configuring their bots badly. Don’t be one of them.
  • You will still have to engage as a real person sometimes, because you can’t automate all human interaction (not yet anyway!).

 

The pros of using an Instagram Bot

  • You can adjust your automation tools to prevent most of the issues related to posting to certain images and types of accounts. It takes some time to learn how, but it’s worth it.
  • Using these bots as instructed can prevent problems like account suspension. Do your homework.
  • You can use the analytics provided to improve your engagement, boost your brand, and build your following.

The truth is that new automation tools are constantly growing and evolving to resolve the issues that concern you the most. A free trial of one of the top Instagram bots mentioned here will help you make an informed decision about whether this option is right for you or your business. Overall, you will gain more followers and you will learn more about how to boost your use of Instagram for marketing purposes.

Now that you understand the benefits (and drawbacks) of using a bot to automate your Instagram account when you can’t be there, it’s time to look at the top tools and compare them side-by-side.

 

Is using an Instagram Bot the same as buying followers?

No.

Buying followers is useless because it will push your number of followers up but you will get zero engagement from them because they are fake accounts. The followers gained from botting on Instagram is different because they are real people.

 

The ethics of Instagram automation

This is definitely something you will need to consider when you use any app or bot that is designed to get you more followers.

Where does “good marketing strategy” end and unethical practice begin? We could debate this all day, and there are many articles that will try to push you in either direction.

I like to make my own mind up about things like this, so I’ll say that it’s for you to decide. If you’re not sure, then I recommend taking advantage of the money back guarantee period with Follow Adder or another free trial – by the end of that you should have a clear idea of exactly what Instagram automation and using a bot entails.

I almost didn’t write this article because I know some people out there despise bots, as they are against Instagram’s Terms of Use. However, the fact is that Instagram botting is rampant, and they aren’t going away anytime soon – and if you are serious about Instagram marketing and want to get one up on your competitors, then it’s something you will at least want to think about.

 

Instagram Bots with free trials

I haven’t found a free Instagram bot that works well without getting you banned, but many of the good Instagram bots offer a free trial in some form or another.

Most of them have limited functionality and/or very few days available. Follow Adder offers a 7 day money back guarantee, so if you don’t like the software for some reason they will give you a refund.

 

Final Thoughts

Instagram is currently ranked number 18th (Feb 2017) most trafficked website in the world by Alexa. About 600 million people use Instagram for personal and/or business purposes. That number comes from Statista – where it is reported that between June and December 2016, this social channel’s numbers were up by 100 million. Update October 2017: Instagram now has over 800 million users.

That is some growth.

And it looks like it isn’t going to slow down anytime soon.

If you find getting likes, comments, and engagement on Instagram challenging or cumbersome, automation via an Instagram bot might be a good option for your business. Imagine having automated access and potential engagement with 800 million people across the globe.

I really recommend you try Follow Adder if you are still unsure. I really believe it to be the safest software that’s left.

By signing up, you get a 7 day money back guarantee, so you really have nothing to lose. You will probably gain a minimum of several hundred new followers in that time, and then you can make a decision as to whether you want to continue working with the software or not.

Botting remains the fastest way to get Instagram Famous. Fact.

 

Other Resources

Instagress Alternatives & Replacements (Updated for 2018)
How to Become Instagram Famous in 2018
Best Twitter Bots & Automation Software (Updated for 2018)
Best YouTube Bot: Tube Adder Review (Updated for 2018)
Best Pinterest Bot & Growth Services (2018)
The Best Instagram Bot to Grow Your Business 3x Faster (2018) – The Small Business Blog
7 Best Instagram Automation Tools You Should Be Using in 2018
18 Instagram Stats Every Marketer Should Know for 2018 – Sprout Social

110 thoughts on “Best Instagram Bot & Liker (2018 Edition) – How to use automation tools for growth

  1. Awesome review. Saw your comment on my site as well and I’m also a huge fan of Follow Adder. Really liked Instagress too but found the UI a little annoying to use from my phone.

    Do you use the comment features or do you just go with the like/follow/unfollow combo?

    • Hey Bobby, thanks for your comment.

      I stay away from auto comments on all bots because I think it’s far too spammy – unless you’re incredibly narrow in your targeting.

      What about you ?

  2. Hi, thank you for your comprehensive review. I have used Instagress up until it got shut down and I’ve been on a lookout for a new bot service ever since. You say in your review there is a 7 day free trial for Follow Adder, but I do not see that option on my interface? It only redirects me to a page to put in my cc info.
    Please advise, I’d be very grateful!

    Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Ivana! Thanks for the heads up. It seems FollowAdder has recently changed their free trial to a 7 day money back guarantee instead. I’ll update the article to reflect this. So, the good news is you can sign up and still cancel within 7 days and get your money back if you don’t like the software.

      Also you could try Mass Planner’s free trial, which will give you 5 days to try it out.

  3. Hi!

    Thanks for such great article! I was so sad when Instagress shut down so I did set up my account with Fan Harvest … interface was easy to use and I started on slow speed with just like and follow/unfollows. I am going to avoid the bot comments going forward! (Always felt these were odd with Instagress).

    Instagress I had SUCH great success with so I’m hoping Fan Harvest will be the same. Have you tried it?

    Also, when I was using Instagress I would always “stop” the program when I wanted to like posts manually on my own or post a photo/comment on one. Do you recommend me doing the same with Fan harvest?

    I started on slow speed, making sure it doesn’t run at night either! When you I bump up to medium? Thanks so much!

    • Insatgress use to work right away but I wonder if Fan Harvest just has a delay since i just turned it on, I’m not sure!

  4. I’m so sad that Instagress is shut down! .. I’ll give Follow Adder a try now. My friends are using it and say its doing great for them.

    Thx so much for the updated info!

  5. Hi everybody !
    Sorry for my English google translation will be understandable 🙂 I have been using Roboinsta for quite a while. It has just been updated with the auto comment. I do not use this option, it’s too aggressive and too risky I think. Especially as I earn minimum 100 followers a day. It is very good.
    The problem is that I have to leave a computer running in my home. The app only works if it is open. I will start monetizing my skills, but I do not want my computer to run with 10 robotic instagram accounts all day.
    I am looking for a solution that works computer off. FollowAdder does this?
    Thank you !

    • Hi Fabien,

      The best fix for this is setting up a VPS so you can have the app running from a different computer. BlueHost offer a VPS service.

      Alternatively, check out Fan Harvest as it is cloud based and you don’t need to download anything for this Instagram bot.

      Hope that helps!

  6. As of today (Friday 12 May, in Australia) FanHarvest is no more …:-( I just signed up and set everything up yesterday! I thought I’d let you know so you can scrub them off your list too. 😉

  7. Good info, but do you think that eventually Instagram will remove all bot services, or even worse punish users who use those services?

  8. Hello thanks for this

    I used fanharvest before it shut down and it was pretty useful. I have been trying to set up an account with instazood and Archie but looks like Instagram isn’t granting them access to my account. I wonder why! Looks like automation bots are being wiped out. Can I use the followadder on mobile? Thanks

  9. Is there any not for Instagram that has multiple account management, auto likes, auto comment features? Instaplus been closed down so can’t do much.

  10. Brilliant article. Is it just me though or is Follow Adder incredibly complex and difficult to set up? I’ve watched all of their tutorials several times and done exactly what they said and it still doesn’t appear to be doing anything. I actually found instagress incredibly easy to set up but just cannot seem to figure Follow Adder out. Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

  11. Hi Fred, Thanks for sharing!! I will start using those bots, followadder might be the best option since the FanHarvest it’s closed…

    Wish me luck 😛

  12. Since Instagress shut down, I’ve been looking for a service that provides night time rest mode for my set location(particularly custom settings). Any suggestions?

  13. I started using MassPlanner from your recommendation months ago with great success, but my plan ends in a few weeks and they’ve discontinued service. Their connect tool was great because I could really fine tune it. Do you know of any good replacements that can also do YouTube commenting?

  14. Hey Fred! Do you have any info on the way bot companies are being threatened by IG? Is this a sort of a legal claim by IG? Instagram ToC prohibits the usage of bots but it doesn’t look like it prohibits the bot themselves. Also it seems only the USA companies are being shut down.

  15. Thanks for the article Fred!

    I was considering Gramista but it’s too expensive. I’ll give Followadder a shot first as it’s cheaper.

  16. So, what are the updates about IG bots ?
    I’ve been using Instagress in the past, and nothing since they closed. I was considering FollowAdder, but I went on their website and is it me or it doesn’t work anymore ? I can’t buy a license. Have they been shut off ?

    • It looks like they had a problem on their website yesterday (perhaps doing some maintenance) – but it seems all back to normal again today. If it doesn’t work, try clearing your cache – that worked for me 🙂

        • Please try again now – I’ve spoken with them and they confirmed they were having issues but they are now fixed 🙂

          If it’s still not working it will be down to your cache.

          You can try:
          – clearing your cache
          – use an incognito window (Chrome)
          – try a different browser

          Hope this helps!

  17. I’ve been looking for an alternative to Gramista (because it’s so expensive!) – does Follow Adder do everything that Gramista does?

    • I haven’t used Gramista, but it looks similar to me – with the main difference being that Follow Adder is run off your computer or a VPS rather than from a web based service (the latter isn’t safe in my opinion).

  18. My clients have been asking me to grow their IG account CONSTANTLY since Instagress closed. It’s been so difficult without software. I bought Followadder last week and FINALLY things are growing again!

  19. Hello!
    Very good your article, however, I still have not found what I would like.
    Do you know any bot for Instagram that like the photos with a specific place and period of time?

  20. I have been using Follow Adder for a few weeks now and the result has been killer! I’m using it on a VPS.

    What settings do you use Fred?

    • Hey Lilian, it’s awesome to hear of your success! I’ve actually been meaning to release a short guide with my recommended settings for a while. I’ll release it ASAP – so if you subscribe to my mailing list you will get a notification as soon as it’s up.

  21. There is a lot of instagram automation services, i only know about one it works for me, and my clients.

    URL REMOVED

    I have 9 accounts on this tool working perfectly, no worries, no problems, 30-50 new followers every day, organic grow, i don’t use the autofollow tool, just autolike in fast and autocomment in slow. Job is done.

    Another tool with very small options i tried is:

    URL REMOVED

    it works fine, a little low numbers 20-35 new followers a day. Organic grow too, no new following. It’s a little expensive for me, but it bills per week.

    Now i go just with NAME REMOVED.

    Hope it helps. Thanks!

    • Jordi,

      This whole comment is a load of rubbish.

      A quick Google search tells me that you own or are affiliated with the company you are writing about. It’s also completely obvious from your writing tone.

      Please don’t treat myself and my readers naively, if you would like to advertise on my blog in a legit way you could have simply dropped me an email instead.

      Thanks,
      Fred

  22. Hi Fred, I just tried to purchase and I got an error message with paypal twice. I also tried to get the 20% discount and I never got the email. Is your system down?

    • Hi Deana, it looks like they did some website maintenance around the time you tried to pay. Please try again – it looks to be working for me right now.

      Not sure why you didn’t get the coupon, perhaps it went to your spam folder. I will send you it again manually now. Please check your email in a few minutes 🙂

  23. Hi, before I was using instagress until it got shut down 🙁 started using Instato recently the reporting seems good so far although its a bit early to give a proper review. The 3 day trial is almost up but I think I will stick with it, Will let you know how it goes!

  24. What settings do you use on Follower Adder? Just got it but it is confusing. I just want to use it to target the followers of my competition.

    • Hi Celeste, I wrote briefly on this page about how to do that very thing. If it’s not detailed enough please post some questions on that page (because it’s relevant) and I’ll be sure to help as best I can.

      I am in the middle of writing a full Follow Adder guide as well, which I will release very soon!

  25. Fred, I wonder what you think about services like social-growth.co – The website looks okay but I have a friend who said it’s a scam. She registered for a free trial and once she checked how it works and emails she wants to cancel she got charged which is weird.

    • Hi Jaco,

      I’m not sure. I’ve never heard of them to be honest (which isn’t a good sign). There’s so many copycat bots out now that it’s hard to keep up.

      I would just say that it’s best to go off recommendations wherever possible for these types of services.

  26. Hey Fred,

    Just downloaded Follow Adder and I’m learning the software. What are the max amount of likes you can do in a day? Also, do you recommend using the Follow / Unfollow feature?

    • Hi Celeste,

      You can like up to 1000 photos per day. There’s also a nice feature that lets you “like back” photos of users that have liked your photos, again upto 1000 a day. So 2000 total.

      I do like the follow/unfollow feature as it allows for more rapid growth. But that’s up to you if you use it 🙂

  27. Hi Fred,

    Just wondering how long it takes for the software to user search platform to develop the lists. We still have nothing showing in our users lists even though it we added many new user searches 4 hours ago.

    Regards

  28. I have started using Follow Adder on all my accounts and they have been growing rapidly this past month, I must admit I was a bit worried a while ago when Instagram started cracking down on the other bots but Follow Adder seemed to remain completely unaffected! It is still early to give a complete review but I will keep you updated. So far so good!

  29. Bots definitely do work Fred, I have been using Follow Added ever since Instagress got shut down. It has taken my following to over 10,000 and still growing!

  30. This is just the post I needed, after my last Instagram automation tool got shutdown I wasn’t sure which were still working. I’m sold on Follower Adder, thanks Fred!

  31. Hey Fred!

    Interested in Instato.io . Do you know where their proxy is based or if they create local proxies for each account? Not trying to get banned. I prefer a web based bot.

    • Not too sure on the actual locations of the proxies I’m afraid – best to shoot that a quick message? Their support is fairly fast in my experience 🙂

      BTW: I’ve been testing 4 accounts with them and no problems so far.

  32. BetweenFollow Adder & Managed Social: Which one is safer to use with regard to preventing your account from getting flagged by instagram? Which one do you think would have a better results?

    • Hi Patrica,

      Managed Social have experienced people running the accounts and also use dedicated proxies for each profile. You won’t find a safer service in my opinion. But, if you know what you’re doing with Follow Adder then it will be just as safe.

      Results will vary a lot depending on your profile. I would say Managed Social is the better option if you don’t have the time or knowledge to set up Follow Adder. However, Follow Adder is much cheaper which is why I still rate it first for now.

    • Hey Scarlett,

      Thanks for commenting!

      Please check again, I did do a write-up on Gramista in the article above – in summary, I think it’s overpriced and the safety aspect is dubious.

      I don’t have much experience with FollowLiker, but I do know that there have been a lot of people complaining recently that it’s not working correctly and the customer service is poor! I have had so many messages about it that I wrote a brief article about FollowLiker.

  33. Hi Fred,

    I would like to recommend you Jarvee social automation tool if you haven’t tried it yet. Jarvee is all in one software, it’s running directly on your computer so no need to enter your login details anywhere else.

    It allows you to automate every single task on all major social networks and Instagram of course. You can schedule posts, send messages, grow your audience, check your statistics and much more.

    We have 24/7 support with amazing response time. If you are interested to try it, there is 5 days free trial so you can check it out for free, no strings attached.

  34. I was using Follow Adder before and got some really good growth, but it was a little time consuming for me to configure so I decided to outsource my Instagram marketing to Social Steeze instead based on your recommendation – so far my account is flying up, and my blog is getting more visitors!

  35. Hi Fred
    Just a quick question, do you know if it is worth it to invest in the professional package for social steeze compared to the regular package? On the website it says the professional package doubles the exposure. Do you believe this is accurate and a good investment? Or to just stick with the regular package? Thanks!

    • Hi Taylor, I’ve only tried the professional package so can only comment on that.

      But I do think it’s worth the money as my client got a lot of new followers in a short space of time and even some business leads through it.

      P.S. nice app!

  36. Hi there,

    Great article! Really appreciated the honesty (and integrity.. was reading your counter article also on Instazood). Trying to decide which option is best for my account and after a bit of basic comparison between FollowAdder and InstaQ, am I correct in assuming they are very similar and both operate from a person’s PC? I just wanted to clarify as I clearly understood this about Follow Adder, but was just a little unsure, after reading the website, about exactly how InstaQ operated with the download license.

    If I’m correct and this is the case, I’m just wondering, do you have a perspective on the cost comparison between using either of the above with VPS as oppose to one of the other services where VPS may not be necessary? I previously used Archie and loved it and realistically need something that is fairly straight forward to use. I like a service that is consistently running with little need for me to intervene, but I do already pay for web hosting services for my website and am conscious of the costs associated with this in addition to licensing. If you have any perspectives on this, Id really love someone else’s take.

    Thank you kindly,
    kat

    • Hi Kat,

      Yes InstaQ is also run from the computer.

      It sounds like Social Steeze would be a good option for you because they do everything for you, so need to download anything to your computer. If the price is prohibitive then the next best for you would be Instato, which is web based software that you configure yourself.

  37. Hi Fred,

    I’m interested in using Follow Adder! I been looking around reviews and some people have been saying they cant connect to the internet via the program! Do you think that with the new Instagram Algorithm that Follow Adder no longer works , or is it just a bad internet connection on the user end???

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